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This Day in History - May 26

May 26

17 – Germanicus of Rome celebrates his victory over the Germans

735 – English monk, historian, and theologian, Bede, dies

1328 – William of Ockham is forced to flee from Avignon by Pope John XXII

1596 – England, France, and the Netherlands sign the Drievoudig Covenant against Spain

1637 – During the Pequot War, an allied Puritan and Mohegan force attacks a Pequot village in Connecticut, burning or massacring some 500 Indians

1647 – A new law bans Catholic priests from the colony of Massachusetts

1667 – Mathematician Abraham De Moivre is born

1670 – Charles II and Louis XIV sign a secret treaty in Dover, England, ending hostilities between England and France

1691 – Jacob Leisler, leader of the popular uprising in support of William and Mary’s succession to the throne, is executed for treason

1703 – English politician Samuel Pepys dies

1736 – British and Chickasaw forces defeat the French at the Battle of Ackia

1782 – American Colonel William Crawford marches his army towards the Ohio River where General George Washington has charged him with attacking local Indians who had sided with the British in the American Revolution

1831 – The Russians defeat the Poles at the Battle of Ostroleka

1835 – A resolution is passed in the US Congress stating that Congress has no authority over state slavery laws

1835 – Artillery general during the American Civil War, Edward Porter Alexander, is born

1864 – The territory of Montana is organized

1865 – The last Confederate army surrenders in Shreveport, Louisiana

1868 – President Andrew Johnson is acquitted on all charges of impeachment

1883 – Blues singer, Mamie Smith is born

1886 – Jazz singer and film actor Al Jolson is born

1895 – Documentary photographer Dorothea Lange is born

1896 – The last czar of Russia, Nicholas II, is crowned

1897 – The first copies of Bram Stoker’s Dracula go on sale in London

1903 – Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver is born

1907 – American actor John Wayne aka Marion Michael Morrison, is born

1908 – Indian religious leader Mirza Ghulam Ahmad dies

1914 – Gavrilo Princip sets out from Belgrade on a journey through the countryside, heading towards Sarajevo with bombs, weapons and cyanide capsules on a mission to kill Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie, who were appearing there to review the Austrian army. Princip shot them point blank, sparking a chain of complicated events that would lead not only Austria-Hungary and Serbia but a host of great and small nations in Europe and beyond into WWI

1919 – Actor Jay Silverheels is born

1920 – Jazz singer Peggy Lee is born

1923 – Actor James Arness is born

1924 – President Calvin Coolidge signs into law the Immigration Act of 1924, the most stringent US immigration policy up to that time

1926 – American trumpet player, bandleader, and composer, Miles Davis is born

1927 – The last day of production for the Model T takes place at the Ford factory

1938 – The House Committee on Un-American Activities begins searching for subversives in the US

1940 – The evacuation of Allied forces from Dunkirk begins

1946 – A patent is filed in the US for the H-bomb

1951 – Astronaut and first woman in space, Sally Ride, is born

1958 – Union Square, San Francisco, becomes a state historical landmark

1959 – Harvey Haddix of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches 12 perfect innings against the Milwaukee Braves, only to lose the game on a two-run double in the 13th inning. It was the first time a pitcher threw more than nine perfect innings in MLB history

1960 – US ambassador to the UN, Henry Cabot Lodge, charges that the Soviet Union has engaged in espionage activities at the US embassy in Moscow for years

1961 – The civil rights activist group, Freedom Ride Coordinating Committee, is established in Atlanta

1961 – A US Air Force bomber flies across the Atlantic in a record of just over three hours

1964 – Singer, songwriter, guitarist, actor and producer Lenny Kravitz is born

1965 – Eight hundred Australian troops depart for Vietnam, and New Zealand announces it will send an artillery battalion

1969 – Apollo 10 returns to Earth

1971 – North Vietnamese capture the strategic rubber plantation town of Snoul, Cambodia

1975 – Singer, songwriter, actress and producer Lauryn Hill is born

1976 – German philosopher Martin Heidegger dies

1991 – A Boeing 767 crashes in the jungle near Bangkok, Thailand, killing all 223 on board after a computer malfunction with the jet’s thrust reverser failed

2005 – A US Marine general drops murder charges against 2nd Lieutenant Ilario Pantano, a Wall Street trader and former Marine who had rejoined the service after the attacks of September 11. Pantano had been accused of premeditated murder of two suspected Iraqi insurgents, but all charges were dropped. While witnesses claim Pantano shot the Iraqi men in the back while kneeling, Pantano claims that they were shot in self-defense. He did, however, hang a sign over their dead bodies that read, “No better friend, no worse enemy.” A book about his experiences was published in 2006, Warlord: No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy

 2008 – Film director and actor Sidney Pollack dies


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.


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